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Potassium iodide and Iodine oral

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.




Iodine is necessary for normal function of the thyroid gland. It is used to treat excessive thyroid function and to block thyroid activity.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed. Dilute the amount prescribed with water or fruit juice to improve the taste. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not increase the dose, take it more often or continue taking this for longer than prescribed.

Side Effects

Stomach upset or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: skin rash, fever, joint pains, breathing trouble, swelling of the face, swelling of the throat, metallic taste, burning mouth, sore teeth and gums, head cold symptoms, enlarged thyroid. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you have: liver problems, kidney disease (for potassium-containing products), allergies (especially to iodine). This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. This medication passes into breast milk and has had undesirable effects on nursing infants. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: lithium. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include stomach pain, severe diarrhea, breathing trouble, decrease in amount of urine, unconsciousness, or unusual thirst.


Lab tests will be done to determine your need for this medication and to monitor the effectiveness.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.